Patents by Inventor Geoffrey M. Furness

Geoffrey M. Furness has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 5636763
    Abstract: A gas pressurized liquid delivery system. In particular but not solely for the dispensing of beverages such as beer, cider or stout. A logic circuit whether hard wired or computer or PLC controlled and whether centralized or distributed provides for the operation of the system. The run-out of an individual container in a series of containers is detected by way of a flow indicating device within a fluid pathway. The logic circuit then switches in another container in the series. The switching can be in order of connection to the circuit or an inputed manufactured date. Various cycles are provided by the logic circuit, for example, a cleaning cycle, sterilizing cycle and a purge cycle. These cycles are able to be enacted substantially automatically. A container eg. keg connector is also provided. In at least a preferred form of the invention the container connector contains a microprocessor forming or containing part of the above mentioned logic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Inventor: Geoffrey M. Furness
  • Patent number: 5589817
    Abstract: Apparatus for the monitoring of the accelerator pedal in order to provide an early warning braking system and/or method therefor. The apparatus uses a detection mechanism to generate a signal representative of the pressure or force applied to the accelerator of the vehicle and utilizes a monitoring mechanism to monitor the signals provided by the detection mechanism. Also present are comparison and calculation devices to compare the monitored signals from the monitoring mechanism and to calculate the rate of change of pressure or force applied to the accelerator. There is a second comparison device to compare the rate of change in pressure or force on the accelerator with a pre-set limit signalling device operatively connected to the comparison device such that the signalling device is activated when the rate of change of pressure or force applied to the accelerator is above or alternatively below the pre-set limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: Geoffrey M. Furness